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Sue’s practice focuses on environmental law as it applies to the financing, construction and operation of power generation, infrastructure projects, and the purchase and sale of commercial enterprises.
Sue advises clients with respect to environmental and permitting matters in the context of domestic and international transactions. She is skilled in identifying environmental risk and negotiating the allocation of such risk in a variety of transactional contexts, including financing agreements, purchase and sale agreements, and leases.
Her experience spans a variety of industries, including LNG, oil and gas, mining, wind, solar, biomass, hydro, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and fossil fuel-fired power generation. Sue also has experience with environmental compliance counseling and litigation, including toxic tort claims.
Section 337 investigations pose an enormous risk. Without proper counsel, the speed, complexity and potential cost can overwhelm companies and drain precious resources. Having handled nearly 60 such investigations, Jordan understands those risks, and how to safely and efficiently guide complainants, respondents and non-parties toward the best possible result.
Legal 500 recently described Jordan as "the heart of the practice", who “offers a wealth of ITC experience and knowledge, while maintaining a level of responsiveness and approachability that is second to none." He’s managed all aspects of Section 337 investigations, including eight trials, from pre-complaint counseling and diligence to Federal Circuit appeals. The investigations have covered technologies including smartphones, tablets, televisions, flash memory, semiconductors, and medical devices.
He also represents plaintiffs and defendants across the country in cases involving claims of patent, trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Dean E. Criddle, a senior counsel in the San Francisco office, is a member of the Tax Group. Concentrating his practice in electric and gas utility finance, Dean serves as both tax and finance counsel to utilities, underwriters, financial advisors, special purpose issuers, developers and state public utilities commissions in utility financings.
His broad experience ranges from “stranded cost” securitization financings for investor-owned electric utilities to tax-exempt financings for utilities owned by investor-owned companies, nonprofit corporations, states, local governments and federal power marketing agencies.
Dean currently is advising Bonneville Power Administration in connection with its efforts to refinance and extend the maturities of a portfolio of approximately $6 billion of tax-exempt and taxable notes and bonds issued for its benefit by Energy Northwest (formerly known as Washington Public Power Supply System).
In addition to working on transaction-specific capital markets matters, Mr. Criddle provides ongoing tax, regulatory and general business law advice to a variety of clients, including:
Filippo Cristaldi, an associate in the Milan office, is a member of the Corporate Group.
Filippo's practice focuses on business and corporate law and international agreements; and he has extensive experience in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions transactions, providing assistance to private equity funds and national and multinational companies operating in various industrial sectors.
Prior to joining Orrick, Filippo was a member of Vita Samory, Fabbrini e Associati and, previously, of Rucellai e Raffaelli.
Heather is passionate about supporting emerging companies and investors as they build solutions together. She is a thoughtful and agile associate in Orrick's Technology Companies Group.
Heather is attune to the competing demands her clients face. Before venturing into law, Heather was a founding team-member of a charter school, where she juggled the responsibilities of an exceptional children's teacher, curriculum designer, and compliance facilitator. Today, Heather leverages these experiences to serve innovators on the West coast. Her representation extends across corporate and securities matters, with particular interests in contracts and corporate governance.
Kelsi is an associate in Orrick's New York office and a member of the Banking & Finance group.
She represents banks and other financial institutions in a variety of corporate finance transactions, including acquisition financings, senior secured lending transactions, and debtor-in-possession financings.
Katharine Crost, a senior counsel in the New York office, is a member of the Structured Finance Group.
Kathy's practice involves advising issuers, underwriters, servicers and institutional purchasers on complex financial transactions. She has extensive experience with the securitization of a variety of assets, including mortgages, tax liens, tobacco litigation settlement funds, utility stranded costs and student loans.
Kathy's mortgage-backed experience has involved all types of mortgages including fixed and adjustable rate first lien mortgage loans, closed end seconds, revolving home equity lines of credit, seasoned mortgage loans, reverse mortgage loans and manufactured housing contracts. She has represented many types of financial institutions, including private companies, governmental agencies and municipalities.
She has been involved in the development of a number of novel securitization structures and programs designed to achieve the client's goals. In addition to securitizations, she has been involved in establishing joint ventures, financing of assets, acquisitions of assets and litigation support and advice.
Recently, Kathy has been involved in advising clients on a number of innovative transactions that address issues arising from the financial crisis and housing and financial regulatory reform. Representative transactions include representing the sponsor and issuer of the first public offerings of private label residential mortgage-backed securities since the advent of the financial crisis, advising a federal agency on the securitization of seasoned assets, and advising the largest issuer of tax lien securitizations. She has also been involved in various initiatives to address regulatory reform proposals.
Kathy is former Chair of the Structured Finance Group. She has also served on the Firm's Executive Committee and as Chair of the Firm's Women's Initiative.
Elizabeth is a Managing Associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice group.
Before joining Orrick, Elizabeth served as a law clerk to the Honorable Kim McLane Wardlaw of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was previously a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Elizabeth received her law degree from Columbia Law School, where she won the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and was an Articles Editor for the Columbia Law Review. She graduated from Princeton University.
Elizabeth is on the board of Rights Behind Bars, a legal nonprofit that represents incarcerated people on appeal in civil rights lawsuits concerning their conditions of confinement.
Chris Cruz is an associate in the Orange County office and a member of the Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Chris has extensive experience representing companies and individuals in a wide range of complex and multiparty matters including contract disputes, product liability actions, and employment matters. His work as an in-house attorney has provided him with special insight into the needs of his clients and their practical concerns allowing Chris to efficiently guide clients to the best possible outcomes.
Chris spent more than two years as Associate General Counsel for Western Dental Services, Inc. where he provided day-to-day legal guidance for a privately held company with more than 150 office locations and over 4,000 employees. This included counsel on litigation matters, employee relations issues, compliance issues, and contract negotiations. More recently, Chris served an extended secondment with The Dow Chemical Company as a Case Manager in Dow’s Asbestos, Products Liability & Insurance Litigation Group. In this capacity, he managed the asbestos and premises litigation dockets for Union Carbide and Dow throughout the western and central United States. This involved the oversight of thousands of ongoing product liability cases including advising the litigation management team on case evaluation, resolution, and business strategies, along with directing outside counsel teams, and negotiating settlement packages.
Chris is a member of the Orrick team acting as National Counsel and trial counsel to Union Carbide Corporation in connection with its ongoing asbestos-related product liability litigation. In that role, Chris shares responsibility in developing and coordinating trial and appellate defense strategy. He has also successfully litigated a number of these cases through pre-trial and trial stages, and has negotiated countless favorable settlements.
On the employment front, Chris uses his in-house experience to provide his clients with practical solutions to their complex compensation and wrongful termination issues, and strives to help clients avoid litigation before it begins.
William "Butch" Cullen is a partner with the Structured Finance Group in Orrick’s New York office. His practice focuses on securities and structured finance, with an emphasis on the securitization of financial assets, in particular, commercial mortgage assets.
Butch is also significantly involved in the workout and restructuring of defaulted real estate loans and securities, the sale and liquidation of both performing and distressed financial assets, including as part of a sale to governmental authorities, on behalf of financial institutions, and the sale of servicing platforms and investment advisory businesses.
Prior to joining Orrick, Butch was a partner in the New York offices of Kaye Scholer LLP, Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.
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Wheeling, W.V. (GOIC)
Kelly M. Cullen is the GOIC Director, U.S. Career Associate Lead, and a Senior eDiscovery Career Associate in Orrick's Global Operations & Innovation Center in Wheeling, W.Va. Kelly consults with Orrick attorneys and clients on eDiscovery strategy regarding matters in federal and state courts.
Kelly has broad experience in all stages of discovery. Her practice ranges from coordinating preservation to custodian selection, collection, search terms, written discovery, depositions, and discovery-related briefing as well as significant experience leading meet and confers on contentious privilege issues in MDLs and class actions. Kelly also regularly advises clients on preservation and production issues associated with cloud computing.
Kelly is a member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Brainstorming Group on Rule 34 Specificity of Requests and regularly writes and speaks on discovery-related issues.
Prior to joining Orrick, Kelly worked as an associate at Jones Day focused on commercial disputes, class action defense, and data privacy issues. Before entering law school, Kelly participated in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.
Giuseppe is an Italian qualified lawyer, Associate in the Milan office and member of the European Corporate Group. Giuseppe has solid experience in corporate governance matters and in drafting complex national and cross-border commercial agreements.
Giuseppe has also gained specific experience in the area of administrative responsibility of companies pursuant to Legislative Decree 231/2001.
He graduated with honors in Law from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan in 2013. Before graduating, Giuseppe spent a research period as visiting student at the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2) and at The University of Chicago - Law school for the writing of his final dissertation thesis on the applicability of the Unidroit Principles as contract governing law of international commercial agreements.
In 2015, Giuseppe participated in The Hague Academy of International Law summer course, with lectures focused on private international law issues and commercial arbitration.
Since 2016, Giuseppe has been a teaching assistant in the course Comparative Business and European Law taught by Mr. Alessandro De Nicola at University Luigi Bocconi in Milan.